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June 24, 2008

The Lowdown on Anal Sex

Do you have a question for Logan? E-mail her at AskLogan@MarieClaire.com.

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Thinking about trying anal sex? Here's what you need to know:

Anal sex is one of those things that some people like, some people hate, some people are curious about, or some never try at all. What you need to remember about anal sex is that it is not a “safer” alternative to intercourse. First of all, anal sex (especially unprotected!!!) is one of the riskiest behaviors in terms of contracting a sexually transmitted infection if a partner has one. Second, for some people it can be very painful; you should always use a water-based lubricant as well if you are engaging in anal sex. And if you are going to try anal sex, you should always use a condom!

In terms of sexual health, before you engage in sexual activity with a new partner (whether it is anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse), it would be best for both of you to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. A doctor won’t just test your blood; you need to ask specifically for a screening panel. But remember, no matter what, if you are sexually active, condoms are the only form of birth control that offer protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

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